In a televised interview, Barack Obama said that the mid-term elections may turn into a choice between "the policies that got us into this mess, and my policies that got us out of this mess."
At this point, a real journalist would have done a magnificent spit-take, spraying the alleged president with coffee, before asking "got us OUT of this mess?! What are you talking about?!"
But sadly, no one at NBC thought to question the statement (nor did the Associated Press, who also carried the story). But we will.
Unemployment is at 9.5%, and Obama's most successful method for keeping it even that low is the utter hopelessness that has caused millions of people to give up even trying to find work.
Foreclosures are at record highs, Retail sales are dropping, consumer confidence is in the toilet, entitlement programs are in the red, and the fastest-spending congress in history has just granted itself an imaginary budget that they "deemed" passed so they could blow another $1.2 trillion before the president's "debt reduction commission" gives its final report on fiscal responsibility.
There is no sane rationale with which Obama can argue that his policies have gotten us "out of this mess." They have, however, gotten us out of the frying pan...and into the fire.